NC agency seeks public’s ideas for transportation plan

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — From interstate improvements to turn lanes, North Carolina’s Department of Transportation is asking residents to advise which projects they want funded over the next 10 years.

A statewide public comment period to submit ideas continues through Feb. 28 for the 10-year transportation plan for 2023-2032. Residents can send project suggestions in a short, interactive survey found on the 2023-2032 STIP website.

Projects can be for any type of transportation, including highway, aviation, bicycle, pedestrian, ferries, rail and public transportation. The comment period is not for maintenance, such as patching potholes.

DOT’s goals are to increase safety, reduce congestion and promote economic growth. The department uses data and local input to determine which projects get funded in the 10-year plan based on a specific formula created by state law.

In addition, a three-day open house will be held Feb. 4-6 at DOT’s Five headquarters at 2612 North Duke Street in Durham for in-person input about potential projects in Wake, Durham, Franklin, Person, Granville, Vance and Warren counties. Interested residents can attend the open house during regular business hours on Feb. 4-6 to get a chance to submit transportation project ideas and talk with NCDOT staff.

The 2023-2032 draft transportation plan will be released in February 2022, with approval by the Board of Transportation in the summer.

Projects scheduled in the first six years are considered committed, while projects in the final four years of the draft 10-year plan will be re-evaluated again as part of the next STIP development process.

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